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mr drinky
02-15-2012, 11:04 PM
Go ahead: brands, steel, type of knife...anything.

For me, I'm not one to quibble over steel. I sort of expect difficult steel to have a future payoff somehow -- though that isn't always the case. BUT small paring knives make me feel like a retard. They laugh at me, call me fat, and push me off the monkey bars in front of the girls.

The margin of error on angle is smaller and there is really nothing separating the belly from the tip. All of of my inadequacies are evident.

k.

jm2hill
02-15-2012, 11:16 PM
VG10

Thats about all I can think of.

MadMel
02-15-2012, 11:18 PM
Bird's beak parers.. Period...

kalaeb
02-15-2012, 11:20 PM
One of my favorites, but also the one I dread sharpening, my old hickory bull nosed butcher knives...I can never get the tip 100%

GlassEye
02-16-2012, 12:13 AM
I do not look forward to the initial sharpening of single bevels, I still have yet to sharpen my usuba that arrived about two months ago. It is just such a time consuming process, for me, to take the new knife through the full progression for hamaguriba. I know what Drinky is talking about with small knives, one day I spent about two hours working on my new deba, then decided to touch up a petty at the end, it wasn't good. I have not yet sharpened the 14" bread knife but I can already tell I will hate that more than anything else.

I do prefer to sharpen single bevels over double in general, though.

sachem allison
02-16-2012, 12:20 AM
Bird's beak parers.. Period...

+1111111111111

NO ChoP!
02-16-2012, 12:28 AM
... make me feel like a retard.

k.

:spankarse:

Offensive hate word....

tk59
02-16-2012, 12:30 AM
Anything with a recurve or bolster or super flexible is painful. Whatever Haslinger used on that passaround was awful (S35VN?) and anything super gummy like $3 hampton forge blades.

mr drinky
02-16-2012, 12:31 AM
:spankarse:

Offensive hate word....

I actually considered that, but after the movie, Something About Mary, I thought it was OK. My bad ;)

k.

dmccurtis
02-16-2012, 12:41 AM
Globals, especially their paring knives. Too abrasion resistant, and too uncomfortable in the hand. Cheap hardware store knives, where the steel crumbles and never forms an edge. Boning knives and flexible fillet knives, too.

James
02-16-2012, 12:46 AM
aogami #1 honyaki....

Phip
02-16-2012, 12:54 AM
I hate sharpening my thick hunting knife with hard D3 steel . Something about the thickness and curve of the blade make it a pain to sharpen.

PierreRodrigue
02-16-2012, 12:54 AM
Go ahead: brands, steel, type of knife...anything.

For me, I'm not one to quibble over steel. I sort of expect difficult steel to have a future payoff somehow -- though that isn't always the case. BUT small paring knives make me feel like a retard. They laugh at me, call me fat, and push me off the monkey bars in front of the girls.

The margin of error on angle is smaller and there is really nothing separating the belly from the tip. All of of my inadequacies are evident.

k.

Hahahaha! I still got tears in my eyes! Had to be the funniest post I've read in months! I'm hopeing my little ones arn't keeping you from the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! If it makes you feel better, I cant use stones at all, I couldn't be worse if I wore a hockey helmet and gloves!

Johnny.B.Good
02-16-2012, 01:27 AM
Hahahaha! I still got tears in my eyes! Had to be the funniest post I've read in months!

Funnier than this (http://www.foodieforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?11120-Some-knives-and-some-questions&p=143855#post143855)? ;)

PierreRodrigue
02-16-2012, 01:48 AM
:D Well... there's haha funny, and that was "What the heck?" funny!

Johnny.B.Good
02-16-2012, 01:54 AM
I can't stand reading that guy over on Foodie Forums. Terrible.

JasonD
02-16-2012, 02:11 AM
My Wusthof 12" scimitar was no fun. Hate big curves like that to try to keep everything nice and even. And +1 to super flexy knives. Luckily I haven't had to deal with a bird's beak yet.

memorael
02-16-2012, 02:14 AM
I hate HATE HAAAAATE! anything that is flexible or a damn scimitar with cheap iron ore (I don't think it was steel) thing couldn't get sharp if its life depended on it.

apicius9
02-16-2012, 02:31 AM
I know this will make me an outcast, but I don't like to sharpen - period. Consequently, some of my knives are in pitiful shape right now. If I could do whatever I wanted, I would rotate through them and fly in Dave twice a year to take care of the worst damage...

Stefan

MadMel
02-16-2012, 02:45 AM
....I would rotate through them and fly in Dave twice a year to take care of the worst damage...

Stefan

Now that would be a nice preposition if I had a large enough collection of knives:razz:

ThEoRy
02-16-2012, 05:44 AM
I don't mind flexible blades. You guys would just hate sharpening my Global G-19 275mm flexible filet knife. It's full bolsters that make me wanna punch myself in the face! Why Germany, why???!!!

mr drinky
02-16-2012, 07:24 AM
I'm hopeing my little ones arn't keeping you from the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

It was that little damy girl. She's a trouble maker ;)

k.

JKerr
02-16-2012, 07:30 AM
It's full bolsters that make me wanna punch myself in the face! Why Germany, why???!!!

+1, to the full bolsters bit anyway. I don't own any German knives, but I do have a few Sabs.

Lefty
02-16-2012, 09:11 AM
Yeah, full bolstered knives do it for me, until I even up the guard with the primary bevel and crank it back towards the handle.
For me, it used to be parers, but Jon Broida helped me out with them a little while back. Now, it's more I love to sharpen nice carbons. White 1, white 2, whatever Yamawaku uses gets STUPID SHARP in about 10 seconds.
Tk, I hear ya on the Haslinger. It wasn't my favourite to sharpen, but my S35VN that Pierre did for me sharpens better than any other stainless I've used. Could be the tempering(?)

Crothcipt
02-16-2012, 11:22 PM
I don't mind flexible blades. You guys would just hate sharpening my Global G-19 275mm flexible filet knife. It's full bolsters that make me wanna punch myself in the face! Why Germany, why???!!!

I can be wrong but I think that global knives are made in japan not Germany.

On a different note, I don't even want to even try to think about sharpening beak knives.

ThEoRy
02-17-2012, 02:57 AM
I can be wrong but I think that global knives are made in japan not Germany.to

On a different note, I don't even want to even try to think about sharpening beak knives.

Correct. Maybe i should have started a new paragraph. I never meant to imply global was from Germany. 1

tk59
02-17-2012, 10:28 AM
Funnier than this (http://www.foodieforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?11120-Some-knives-and-some-questions&p=143855#post143855)? ;)OMG... :O

Citizen Snips
02-17-2012, 10:40 AM
vg10

joec
02-17-2012, 11:18 AM
I guess the one I dislike sharpening the most is a Harmer made pairing knife due to the steel used. Now once sharpened is stays that way for a very long time. I forget the steel type but think it is an SV32 but not sure now. It just takes forever to get it where I want it. VG 10 has never been a problem for me however they chip if you go below 12 deg per side on the edge. My Carter International Pro Series is also a bit tougher than my average knife as well as very large, 270mm gyuto.

DeepCSweede
02-17-2012, 12:44 PM
I actually considered that, but after the movie, Something About Mary, I thought it was OK. My bad ;)

k.

Not to mention "The Hangover" - Maybe someone should have told that to Rainman, he practically bankrupted the casino and he was a Rehtard."

Sorry couldn't resist :whistling:

Justin0505
02-17-2012, 01:24 PM
+ 1 to full bolsters. Next time my friend asks me to sharpen his, I'm sending it to Dave to have the bolster ground down to above the heel.

As for the term "retarded" I don't think that it's insensitive as it's no longer used (or shouldn't be) as a blanket descriptor / label for people with actual brain damage or cognitive disability or disorder.

IMO "retarded" has entered the realm of slang and insults and resides in the company of other names such as moron, idiot, fool, dip$h1t, etc.

Besides, if we can't use the word retarded, what else do we call the rhinochop guy form Johnny B's linked post on FF!?!? (great use of Seinfeld btw!!!!)

mr drinky
02-17-2012, 01:39 PM
Not to mention "The Hangover" - Maybe someone should have told that to Rainman, he practically bankrupted the casino and he was a Rehtard."

Sorry couldn't resist :whistling:

LOL. I still pronounce the word that way after hangover.

Anyhow, I used to get a kick out of the old DSM manuals that gave specific IQ ranges for imbecile, moron, and idiot. I think DSM-IV got rid of them though. Here is what they used to be.

"Mental deficiency used to be divided into the following sub-classifications, but these labels began to be abused by the public and are now largely obsolete: Borderline Deficiency (IQ 70-80), Moron (IQ 50-69), Imbecile (IQ 20-49) and Idiot (below 20). Mental deficiency is now generally called mental retardation."

So, what I am saying is that when I sharpen paring knives, I have a 'knife' IQ of about 25. I guess I felt like an imbecile ;)

k.

boar_d_laze
02-17-2012, 02:46 PM
It's not a sharpening issue, at all -- but does fall into the categories of love-hate and idiocy.

Ever since I got it, my Konosuke 300mm has been my favorite go-to for general prep, but...

I have a really bad habit, established decades ago, of absently mindedly tapping the index finger of my knife hand against the back of the blade, where Europeans forge finger-guards. In the case of the Kono suji, that's the same level as the chin.

Ouch!

BDL